Soils: An Introduction

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This work involves students with a building a pedon concept that introduces them to soil parts. It includes discussions of environmental issues, and emphasizes scale to show students the range involved, from organisms as small as viruses to the expanse of the landscape.

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Accessible to students with varying science backgrounds, this introduction to soil science offers solid coverage of all major topics. The authors use a unique "building the pedon" model to provide students with a single soil concept on which to build and learn. The text features diagrams and color photos with actual data, and provides optional chapter supplements for either review or enrichment, depending on individual needs. Soil parts are introduced systematically and in relation to one another, relating the complex soil body to it larger environment.

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Accessible to readers with varying science backgrounds, this jargon-free guide considers all major soils topics. Featuring diagrams and color photos with actual data, it introduces each soil part systematically, relating each to one another, and the complex soil body as a whole to its larger environment. Fresh in its approach, the book develops a unique "pedon" concept in the first chapter, building upon it progressively throughout. Starting as an empty 3-D rectangle, readers follow chapter-by-chapter "additions" of inorganic and organic matter, water, and pores, etc., until the box takes on the characteristics of a "real" soil. This helps readers both understand how the parts fit together to make up the entire soil as well as analyze relationships from the very simple to the more complex. It makes careful use of scale in all figures, and features optional chapter supplements for catch-up and review. Highlights of the new edition include 20 new figures and more focused discussions of environmental issues.

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